- If you ever wondered how the regal class lives, get an up-close & personal look at opulence inside each of these incredible palaces, from England to Tibet.
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Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin
This massive summer palace in Berlin is a popular tourist attraction and wonderful example of baroque and rococo style — in other words, ornate. It was originally the creation of Prussian King Friedrich I’s wife, Sophie Charlotte, but after Friedrich’s architect visited the Palace of Versailles around 1700, the building was greatly expanded, and even included a room covered in 6 tons of decorative amber. The Amber Room was gifted to Czar Peter the Great in 1716, but was looted during World War II. (Russian artists re-created the Amber Room in 2003, which visitors can see at the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg.) Still, among the rooms, the gardens and the outbuildings at Charlottenburg Palace, there is still plenty to see.
Buckingham Palace, London
Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium
The Louvre, France
Before it became a famous museum, the Louvre Palace was the seat of French power. The building was added to and expanded by every French monarch from the 1500s until Louis XIV got fed up with Paris and moved the government to Versailles in 1682. Today, thousands of visitors descend on the building to see the art that’s displayed in more than half a million square feet of exhibition space. The most controversial addition to the palace, the glass pyramid, was made by a Chinese-American architect, but thanks to a popular movie has become an accepted landmark.